Parents laud foundation for supporting access to education
Bridge Nigeria partners with private bodies and non-governmental organisations committed to improving access to quality education, providing educational infrastructure for the improved learning experience and outcomes, and establishment of scholarship schemes for outstanding children that cannot afford fees.
Some of the partners are Fadahunsi Education Foundation, Umu Igbo Unite, Oghogho Osula, Covenant Light, and Yemisi Akinbo.
The Fadahunsi Education Foundation (FEF) supports access to quality education for families with low-income backgrounds. Sixty-five Bridge pupils are beneficiaries of the FEF scholarship, which covers their tuition from primary to university level.
According to Mrs. Folasade Akinsanya, mother of a pupil at Bridge Academy, Ijegun, who has been on the FEF scholarship since 2019, the timely intervention of the organisation has given her family succour and saved them from the worry of having to pay fees at a time when feeding was hard to come by in her family.
Akinsanya noted that inflation and the harsh effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses have made it even more difficult to survive and meet needs, saying it would have been challenging to pay her children’s school fees at this time.
“Every day, when I think about how the cost of living has gone up and businesses, are struggling, it made me appreciate what Bridge and FEF have done to our family. My daughter’s education can continue uninterrupted from primary to university without worrying about how to pay her fees. I am grateful to Bridge for the FEF scholarship,” Akinsanya said.
While calling for continuous synergy among government, private sector, and civil society on education, Managing Director at Bridge Nigeria, Ms. Foyinsola Akinjayeju said: “We believe that a child’s potential should not be limited by his or her family income, which is why Bridge works with partners to support outstanding indigent pupils to fulfill their academic dreams.”
A parent of a pupil on Oghogho Osula scholarship has also expressed gratitude for the sponsorship, saying the gesture has lifted a huge burden off her shoulders. Mrs. Modupe Seidu, whose daughter Pelumi, attends a Bridge school in Ikorodu, stated, “Since I lost my husband some years ago, it’s been challenging taking care of my family. However, since my daughter received the scholarship, it has been a relief.”
Recall that Mrs Osula, at her 50th birthday in 2019, decided to sponsor primary school children, to enable them to have seamless access to quality education at Bridge. She urged parents to ensure that their wards are always in school and maintain good grades, as these are prerequisites to keep benefitting from the sponsorship.
Bridge Nigeria opened its first school in 2015 with a mission to deliver a life-changing education that transforms lives and opens doors to a successful future for pupils.
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